im·​pact·​ful | \ im-ˈpakt-fəl How to pronounce impactful (audio) , ˈim-ˌpakt-fəl\

Definition of impactful

: having a forceful impact : producing a marked impression impactful song lyrics impactful humanitarian efforts … the visually-impactful long scar on his neck reminds you of the unfortunate incident.— Griselda Flores

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But perhaps most impactful was the Queen's plea for kindness and respect in our modern society. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Message Reflects on the Royal Family's 'Busy Year'," 25 Dec. 2018 Zinke worked to drastically weaken environmental protections The Trump administration has also made point of undoing environmental regulations and Zinke has presided over some of its most impactful rollbacks. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 That means the 2018 midterms could be just as impactful as the ones in 2010, 1994, and 1874. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "These 3 Midterms Elections Prove That Off-Year Elections Really Matter," 26 Oct. 2018 Last night, Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond brought the fashion set to Brooklyn's Weeksville neighborhood for a show that was just as impactful as its location. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pyer Moss’ Ode to Black Culture Was the Most Important Part of NYFW So Far," 9 Sep. 2018 Zinke’s also been one of the more impactful cabinet members, making decisions that will have lasting consequences for energy development and environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 As good as Lewis was, Holmes was probably even more impactful for the North. Tim Bielik,, "Jalyn Holmes, Tyquan Lewis both make impact plays: How Ohio State players fared in 2018 Senior Bowl," 28 Jan. 2018 But, a handful of mixologists like Sisti believe cocktails can be as if not more impactful because its raw components can be tweaked to match those of a chef's dish. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 Blanco recorded eight goals and eight assists for the Timbers in his first season in Portland in 2017, but has been an even more impactful piece of the club's attack this season. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids: Players to watch, TV channel," 25 May 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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